New Delhi:Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have lost the Indian Premier League final but every run he scored in the 44-day tournament was worth nearly Rs 1.5 lakh.
The Chennai Super Kings captain attracted the highest bid in the landmark IPL auction in February when the Chennai franchise owners shelled out a whopping Rs six crore for the Indian ODI and Twenty20 captain.
Dhoni tallied 414 runs at an average of 41.40 in 14 innings and each run that flowed from his blade was worth Rs 1,44,927.
Tournament's top scorer Shaun Marsh, however, was not equally fortunate. Bought for a paltry Rs 12 lakh, the left-hander, son of former Australia opener Geoff Marsh, went on to aggregate 616 runs at a mammoth average of 68, which ironically means every run he scored earned him just Rs 1948, a pittance compared to Dhoni.
In fact, none of the franchise owners showed any interest in the Aussie colt, who was simply overlooked in the first two rounds of bidding before Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody roped him in just nine days before the IPL got underway.
Marsh, however, can still draw some solace from the fact that his sterling show in the Twenty20 event at least won him an ODI recall in the Australian team.
Gautam Gambhir (534) trails Marsh in the run-getters' chart with an average of 41.07 and the left-hander proved a good buy for the Delhi Daredevils, who had coughed up Rs 2.9 crore for him.